Welcome to the Community Colleges and Public Health (CC&PH) community group! The CC&PH Project is focused on the role of community colleges in education for public health. The project began as a collaborative enterprise of the Framing the Future Task Force convened by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and the League for Innovation in the Community College (League). The effort was initiated to support the Task Force’s vision to rethink education in public health 100 years after the 1915 Welch Rose Report, which provided the initial rationale and blueprint for schools of public health in the United States. 

The CC&PH Project has examined the roles that community colleges could and should play in the continuum of public health education, and is promoting the efforts of these institutions in planning certificate and associate degrees in public health and health navigation. 

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This document includes a list of reports, policy statements, guides, and curricular materials, as well as articles in national media and higher education press, selected publications, and publications on community colleges and public health.

Role of U.S. Community Colleges in Enhancing the Public Health Workforce

Contents, Theme Issue, Volume 2, No. 1 (March 2016)

by Katherine Jordan Johnson

Abstract of Dissertation

Community colleges have long been recognized as essential collaborators in the
training of frontline health care professionals such as nurse’s aides, medical assistants,
and paramedics. More recently, growing policy and programmatic interest has led to an
increased emphasis on integrating allied health and public health training at community

by Brenda A Kirkwood

Abstract of Dissertation

Efforts aimed at strengthening the governmental public health workforce have led
to increased attention on undergraduate public health education. The focus, to date, has
been on four-year institutions with minimal attention provided to community, or two-year,
colleges and their potential role in addressing public health workforce needs.

This guide is intended to assist community college educators as they plan and implement programs in public healh and health navigation. Part 1, available here, includes:

This document is the final report of the Community Colleges and Public Health Project's first two phases. It contains prototype curricular models for community college programs in public health administration and education, environmental health, and health navigation.


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